Brooke Marie

Cook. Explore. Eat. Repeat

Tasting Table’s Lobster Rumble LA 2015

Tasting Table is a website and newsletter for culinary enthusiasts. They’re all about food, and they want to bring the public the food they love, they travel for, and the food they cook. They’re connected to their communities and even go as far as throwing awesome events in cities across the U.S. to make it possible for all of us foodies to come together on mutual ground; our love of food and alcohol.

The Lobster Rumble LA occurred on August 13th, 2015 to celebrate restaurants all over the United States that dedicate time and effort to perfecting their lobster roll.

I was able to attend the event along with a guest courtesy of Tasting Table’s own Colbern Uhl to take pictures, try awesome lobster rolls and desserts, and explore the foodie dynamo that is Tasting Table. I even went as far as making my own lobster roll recipe leading up to the event which you can check out here.

We were handed a booklet that contained all the locations of each restaurant’s stand within the venue, their names, and a piece of paper that we could jot down tasting notes on. Things were getting serious.

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To my surprise, and glee, we were able to vote on the lobster rolls and pick which one we thought was best. Whoever got the most votes won! Take a look at the inside, and check out the beer I got from the beer stand.

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That’s right, they had beer stands, wine stands, and cocktail stands around the venue so you always had a drink in your hand.

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Their beer options weren’t expansive, but does it really matter when drinks are included in the ticket price? I think not! There were also waiters around every corner waiting for you to put an empty drink down so they could whisk it away to be cleaned. They were well-trained and respectable young men who even helped my boyfriend and I take this lovely picture.

Boyfriend and I lobster rumble

Cute right?

One of the first things we noticed was the seating area. Pretty picnic benches topped with sweet potato chips and flowers.

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And maybe a Stella or something. Gotta get another shot of the beer right!? A patron who had been to the Lobster Rumble the year prior warned us that we should start collecting our rolls now, as the lines usually got pretty large. Luckily for us they weren’t TOO long, which as a foodie and beer fest goer made me extremely happy, because that means they didn’t oversell the event, which many companies do.

So we set out to grab our lobster rolls, starting with Catch and Release LA from Marina Del Rey. Their Maine lobster roll with tarragon was pretty good to start with.

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We worked our way down the line, discovering some pretty good tastes.

Some were traditionally delicious like Old Port Lobster Shack‘s roll and coleslaw from Redwood City, California…

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…while others explore flavors you might not consider when preparing a lobster roll, but the creativity of these restaurant chefs proves to impress the public. Like this BLT lobster roll from Venice Whaler, out of Venice California of course.

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Acadia restaurant out of Chicago impressed with a classic Maine lobster roll and a side of shishito peppers in miso butter…

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While Cousin’s Maine Lobster Restaurant actually disappointed both myself and my guest because theirs was so bland and dry. Almost like there was no mayo at all. Let’s be creative here, but let’s not ruin the basic components of a good lobster roll…moisture being one of them.

Although Cousin’s has won three years in a row, this year I don’t think they deserved this. This was one of the first lobster rolls of the day and I still stand firm in that opinion. Let’s take a look…

Here’s the first roll from Acadia… juicy, moist, and perfectly red lobster meat…

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And here’s the roll from Cousin’s. No moisture, no color…just bland, overcooked lobster meat!

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The last roll on the first side of the venue was Supernatural Sandwiches from San Diego and their roll was pretty dang amazing. They were hootin’ and hollerin’ about how they used fish sauce in their recipe and how they toasted their bread to perfection and hot dog that bread was absolute perfection!

Their description of this delicious bite was:

“Ctuhulu, Umami Butter basted Maine lobster, Za’Tar spice, fish sauce and sherry vinegar tucked in toasted brioche bread, kumquat aioli, crispy garlic and fresh chives. OMG you gotta go down to SD now and get it…please.

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The featured image for the post? Also this amazing roll. Agh I miss it!

Ultimately we ate a ton of lobster rolls, and even had some amazing desserts and cocktails…from here on out I’ll let my pictures do the talking…

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Franklin and Co. Tavern from Los Angeles.

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The VIP only Raw Bar from Tipple and Brine in Sherman Oaks.

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Specialty cocktails courtesy of Tasting Table.

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Rumble drink copyAnd the voting booth where we can happily place our votes on a full stomach. And yes, I was TOTALLY full. The ticket price is nothing compared to what you get…

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…then on top of that there were desserts everywhere!

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Ultimately it was a great experience and I’m sure I’ll be heading back to join Tasting Table next year, maybe even in New York! Make sure to check out their website and keep up with their foodie events, you don’t wanna miss em!

Me Lobster Rumble (3)

Me Lobster Rumble 2Thanks for reading!



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